Inside Story - Is India becoming more intolerant?

He is one of Bollywood's best loved actors. And a man who is not afraid to take a stand on an issue. But Aamir Khan has stirred debate and controversy after voicing his alarm at what he says is a growing sense of intolerance and insecurity in India. Other Indians share the feeling their society has become more polarised - and that the government is doing little to allay the fears of minorities. Khan's comments have sparked a fierce backlash. Protesters have denounced him, saying he is unpatriotic and a traitor. Politicians in the ruling party, the BJP, have also voiced their objection. Junior Home Minister Kiren Rijiju says Khan's comments on intolerance 'only bring down the image of the country and the prime minister'. Khan says the response only proves his point that India is becoming more intolerant. So, is he right? And what role does the government play in India’s changing atmosphere?

Print this post

Do you like this post?

Add your reaction to this article